Cancelled TORS, Cultural Production and Urban Space (Summer School) (S20)

Course content

This summer school puts cultural production and event-making in urban space under the analytical scrutiny of critical urban theory. The aim of the summer school is to enable students to examine and assess the role of the cultural industry, broadly speaking, within existing political paradigms of urban development such as “creative cities”, “liveability” and “the experience economy” of cities.

By means of theoretical perspectives and urban ethnographic methods, students will learn to analyse the symbolic, emotional and socioeconomic dimensions of cultural production in urban space through fieldwork and workshops organised in collaboration with our partners, including the music festival Strøm.

The summer school thus provides students with an opportunity to engage critically with experienced cultural producers operating in urban space and learn about the different problems, potentials and considerations connected to urban cultural production.

The summer school is centered on a case-based learning approach and through workshops, lectures and field trips the students will immerse in theoretical perspectives as well as public debate, learn from practitioners, and gain experience in analysing urban cultural production through case studies and fieldwork.

The course is offered through the Global Urban Studies Electives ( and is open to all BA and MA-level students who will be awarded 7.5 ECTS upon passing the exam.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Strøm has unfortunately had to cancel their festival. Instead, we are extremely happy to announce that we will be working with Urban 13 as the main case study for this course.

Urban 13 is a social urban DIY-project, located under the Bispeengbuen highway bridge, created by three young locals that have used the space for cultural events since 2014.

As a vibrant metropolitan laboratory, URBAN 13 aims at becoming an incubator for the "small ones with the big ideas" - be it chefs, craftsmen, designers, cultural creators, or aspiring musicians. Urban 13 is committed to creating a sense of security in the local area through the establishment of local communities and daily activities and creating a new story about the bridge to make the place a natural and cozy gathering point for everyone.

More information: (Danish only)


Offered by:

  • Programme curriculum The Bachelor’s elective study in Global Urban Studies 2019
  • Programme curriculum The Master’s elective study in Global Urban Studies 2019


Students from any discipline interested in urban studies from Humanities-anchored and interdisciplinary approaches.

Learning outcome

BA Elective in Global Urban Studies 2019
Specialized Urban Topic B (Activity code: HTÆB10251E)

MA Elective in Global Urban Studies 2019
Specialized Urban Topic B (Activity code: HTÆK13031E)

The program consists of lectures and talks by scholars of standing, group work and tutorials, workshops, field trips and fieldwork assignments, some of which is organized by external partners, including Strøm music festival.

A text corpus will be specified for accepted students by May. It is expected that students read all the required text material before the summer school

For information on enrollment, please see:

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment

Short courses / Summer school

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Excursions
  • 40
  • Preparation
  • 124,25
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • English
  • 206,25